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Cooler temperatures return
February 19, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:31 p.m.) It was nice while it lasted. The spring-like temperatures Kansans have enjoyed for the past few days will move out of the area tonight, and a fast-moving storm system will bring rain and cooler temperatures into Lawrence, 6News meteorologist Matt Jacobs said.It was nice while it lasted.
Disappearance of jobs isn’t all bad
February 19, 2004
It is difficult to say something perfectly, precisely false. But Speaker Dennis Hastert did when participating in the bipartisan piling-on against the president’s economic adviser who imprudently said something sensible.
Court upholds nuclear waste dump ruling against Nebraska
Site was to hold refuse from Nebraska, Kansas, 3 other states
February 19, 2004
Nebraska is running out of options in trying to avoid paying a $151 million judgment for blocking construction of a waste dump for low-level radioactive waste within its borders.
Teens abusing cold remedies
Medications cheap, accessible and dangerous, doctors warn
February 19, 2004
Emergency room physicians and other health care professionals are reporting a sharp increase in teens abusing nonprescription cough and cold medicines, which are back in vogue as recreational drugs because the products are both accessible and easier to take than ever before.
KU professor: Athletes should be paid
February 19, 2004
Kansas University athletes should be monetarily reimbursed and guaranteed access to a degree for when their playing days are finished, a former law dean told an off-campus audience Wednesday.
Commodities
February 19, 2004
Rovers inspect holes on Mars’ opposite sides
February 19, 2004
The Opportunity rover used its robotic arm to inspect a freshly dug hole on Mars, while its twin, Spirit, rolled into a shallow depression halfway around the Red Planet, NASA said Wednesday.
WWII memorial
The Dole Institute dedication events gave many a taste of what will happen in Washington this spring.
February 19, 2004
Last July, with the opening and dedication of the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, Lawrence had a virtual mini-dedication of the upcoming National World War II Memorial scheduled for May in Washington, D.C. Former Sen. Bob Dole has been instrumental in helping make the Washington memorial an overdue reality.
City Hall salaries fall in middle of Big 12
February 19, 2004
Not the highest. Not the lowest. A Journal-World survey of City Hall salaries in towns across the Big 12 Conference shows that the pay scale of Lawrence’s top officials generally falls somewhere in the middle.
In marriage and life, equal is equal
February 19, 2004
So, 38 states have now passed laws making marriage between two people of the same gender unlawful. The president and Kansas lawmakers are considering constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriages. I just can’t figure out why it is still OK in this country, where “all are created equal,” to legislate oppressive policies toward other citizens who are not in the majority — people different than “us,” whoever “we” are.
Colorado buffaloes Tech
Red Raiders fall to CU, 85-75; ‘Cats clip Huskers
February 19, 2004
Texas Tech never did have an answer for Colorado’s 7-foot center, David Harrison.
No. 8 Wildcats survive Aggies
K-State rallies past Texas A&M, 59-56
February 19, 2004
Texas A&M decided to focus on Kansas State’s post players — and Laurie Koehn took advantage.
Nets’ coach starts 10-0
New Jersey wins 11th straight
February 19, 2004
In a league dominated by sky-scraping athletes, Lawrence Frank scored one for short people.
Bears appreciate fans’ reaction
February 19, 2004
As Baylor’s basketball players left James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse following their 74-54 loss Wednesday night to Kansas University, about 60 KU fans lined the tunnel and silently watched the Bears walk to their locker room.
Dean ends bid, but urges movement to continue
February 19, 2004
Faster than you can say dot.com bust, Howard Dean’s quest for the presidency ended Wednesday as the Democrat, winless in 17 contests, bowed to political reality and abandoned his bid.
Cardinals to pay Pujols $100 million
February 19, 2004
Slugger Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals avoided arbitration in a big way, agreeing on a $100 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a source told the Associated Press. Pujols was scheduled for a hearing Friday — he was asking for a $10.5 million salary and the team offered $7 million. Instead, the sides settled, according to the source, who was familiar with the negotiations and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Horoscopes
February 19, 2004
Players mull twist of fate on ‘Survivor’
February 19, 2004
Death is no laughing matter on this season’s “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS). If the last “Survivor” was most infamous for the episode in which Jon’s grandmother didn’t die, this “All-Star” edition may be remembered for last week’s episode in which Jenna bolted the game to return to her cancer-stricken mother, who, we are told, died eight days later.
Corrections
February 19, 2004
A story in Wednesday’s Journal-World may have given readers the impression that Brent Learned said ticket scalpers at Allen Fieldhouse did not pay income taxes. Learned did not make that comment.
Child passenger safety bill advances
February 19, 2004
Senators gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill that would require most children to wear seat belts or use special booster or safety seats when riding in vehicles. The 27-8 vote advanced the measure to a final vote, expected today, that could send the bill to the House.
KU band fund drive exceeds $150,000 goal
Campaign will continue through end of month
February 19, 2004
The flock will be feathered this fall. The Journal-World’s campaign to raise $150,000 for new Kansas University marching band uniforms surpassed its goal Wednesday, well ahead of the March 1 deadline to order uniforms in time for the 2004 football season.
Briefly
February 19, 2004
¢ Report details firings for FBI misconduct ¢ Airline checkpoint infractions costlier ¢ Utah Capitol reopened after bomb threat ¢ Death row convict found innocent in retrial
Panel cool on forcing KU-WSU matchup
February 19, 2004
Let the trash talking begin. Legislation that would require Kansas University’s men’s basketball team to play Wichita State University was whistled for a foul Wednesday by KU, which said the measure would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost ticket and television revenue.
Another Dole protester acquitted
Juror says there was not enough evidence that defendant pushed police chief
February 19, 2004
The anarchists who clashed with police at the Dole Institute of Politics dedication scored another victory Wednesday when jurors found a Columbia, Mo., man not guilty of pushing Police Chief Ron Olin.
Bombs kill at least 10 Iraqis
February 19, 2004
Suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Polish-run base Wednesday, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding more than 100 people, more than half of them coalition soldiers. The United States arrested seven guerrillas believed linked to al-Qaida in an early morning raid to the north.
Our town sports
February 19, 2004
Andrea Stoneback, a Kansas University sophomore from Lawrence, won the women’s 48-kilo division of the USA Junior National weightlifting championships last weekend in Chicago. Bill Stoneback and Micah Clark, each a student at Free State High, also placed at the meet. Stoneback was sixth in the 62-kilo division and Clark seventh at 56 kilos. …
Deacons exorcise Blue Devils
No. 15 Wake Forest topples No. 3 Duke, 90-84
February 19, 2004
Chris Paul was a high school senior sitting in the stands when Wake Forest beat Duke in double overtime last year. He celebrated by grabbing a friend and rushing onto the court.
Senator upbeat about prospects for base closings
February 19, 2004
The state is “in great shape” when it comes to protecting its military installations from the next round of base closings, Sen. Pat Roberts said Wednesday. “I think Kansas is in great shape,” Roberts told reporters. “We have a good story to tell.”
City briefs
February 19, 2004
¢ ABA president says law has capacity to heal ¢ 82-year-old’s purse taken outside Kohl’s ¢ Award-winning columnist to speak in Lawrence
Briefly
February 19, 2004
¢ Test could help reduce unneeded prescriptions ¢ Putin still hopeful after missile test failures ¢ Police deserting posts as uprising continues ¢ Reports reach Amnesty of attacks on civilians
Intense Indians win
HINU holds off struggling Wildcats
February 19, 2004
It was hard to explain the intensity inside Baker University’s Collins Center Wednesday night. The men’s basketball squads who squared off — Haskell Indian Nations University and Baker University — each are struggling this season. Combined, the teams have nearly three times as many losses as wins.
Wood: Sorry, Firebirds, but title at state within reach
February 19, 2004
The Free State High boys swimming and diving team doesn’t want me to write this. You’re bringing too much attention to us, they’ll say. You’re going to jinx us, they’ll complain. We haven’t even done anything yet, they’ll moan.
Starting off on wrong foot
Nextel Cup, Busch driver Kahne moving on after disappointing week at Daytona
February 19, 2004
Nearly two weeks of preparation work during Speedweeks and Kasey Kahne barely was able to break a sweat. NASCAR’s Nextel Cup and Busch series opened their seasons at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last weekend, but Kahne — who was entered in both races — barely was noticed on the track.
Commentary: In Nextel Cup racing, you can’t please everyone
February 19, 2004
Ever since NASCAR announced its new “Chase for the Championship” format for determining the Nextel Cup champion, many drivers in the series have been muttering about not being consulted about the change beforehand.
Jayhawks better off red
KU makes (fashion) statement in victory
February 19, 2004
Bill Self’s best coaching decision had nothing to do with X’s and O’s Wednesday night. According to his players, it had to do with his making a fashion statement — bringing Kansas University’s red uniforms out of mothballs — for what turned out to be a slump-busting 74-54 victory over Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse.
Woodling: Giddens fuels win for KU
February 19, 2004
Every time you see one of those interminable coal trains that rumble endlessly through Lawrence, perhaps it should remind you of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. “Energy is the problem we’ve been having,” KU point guard Aaron Miles said. “If we play with energy, we can be a great team.”
Mean streets
Craters keep city, auto shops busy
February 19, 2004
The worst is yet to come. When it comes to potholes in Lawrence and the damage they can cause to vehicles, the message from mechanics and city street officials is to brace for a rough ride. Because while it may seem bad now, pothole problems are expected to get even worse in the days ahead as snow and ice continue to thaw and refreeze on city streets.
Homeowner’s dream goes up in flames
Baldwin family loses house, vintage quilt collection, dirt-racing car in fire
February 19, 2004
A fire a few days ago west of Baldwin destroyed more than just a house and its contents. There was a vintage quilt collection and a teenager’s dirt track racing car. And for Judy Masur, the house she lost had been the home of her dreams.
City seeking right bar mix downtown
February 19, 2004
Downtown bar owner Charles Whitman figures there’s one scenario worse for downtown than having too many bars. “It’s (being) empty, of anything,” the Bourgeois Pig co-owner said Wednesday at City Hall. “Empty would be infinitely worse than any number of bars downtown.”
Wildgen declines pay raise during tight budget
February 19, 2004
City Manager Mike Wildgen won’t get a pay raise this year, despite positive marks Wednesday during his annual job evaluation by the Lawrence City Commission. “He offered (not to receive a raise) last year, and we turned him down,” Commissioner Sue Hack said. “He offered it again this year, and we accepted, based on our budget constraints.”
Daily ticker
February 19, 2004
Cottonwood lands lucrative defense contract
Five-year deal helps company retain 40 jobs for disabled
February 19, 2004
A new five-year contract from the Department of Defense will save 40 jobs for developmentally-disabled workers at Lawrence-based Cottonwood Inc.
Old Man Winter slows construction
February 19, 2004
The number of housing projects builders broke ground on in January declined by the largest amount in nearly a year as bad winter weather played havoc with construction activity.
White House retreats on job predictions
Bush refuses to back 2.6 million estimate
February 19, 2004
The White House backed away Wednesday from its own prediction that the economy will add 2.6 million jobs before the end of this year, saying the forecast was the work of number-crunchers and that President Bush was not a statistician.
Briefcase
February 19, 2004
¢ Former Enron leader expected to surrender ¢ Grand jury probing Bristol-Myers Squibb ¢ Sauer posts loss ¢ Serologicals’ profit grows
Conan O’Brien offers apology to offended French Canadians
February 19, 2004
Talk show host Conan O’Brien apologized Wednesday for offending any French Canadians during his NBC show’s visit to Toronto last week, but not before trying to wring some laughs out of the flap.
On the record
February 19, 2004
Morrison services
February 19, 2004
Services for Max W. Morrison, 81, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence Wesleyan Church. Military graveside services will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Steel giant wins $255M bid for Weirton
Merger to end labor legacy
February 19, 2004
Bankrupt Weirton Steel Corp. has accepted a $255 million buyout offer from Ohio’s International Steel Group Inc., an industry giant built from the remnants of other down-and-out companies.
Aquila’s collateral request denied
February 19, 2004
Kansas regulators have rejected a request from Aquila Inc. to let the company use its utility assets as collateral for a loan.
Abuse victims ask Academy to deny Oscar to ‘Friedmans’
February 19, 2004
Two men whom Jesse Friedman pleaded guilty to sexually abusing as boys have written an open letter to Academy Awards voters, speaking out against the Oscar-nominated documentary about the Friedman family.
Gaming plan opponents want in on the action
February 19, 2004
Several people who opposed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ gambling plan in testimony before a Senate committee Wednesday said they want a piece of the action.
Lawrence backers of Dean, Clark still hope to see Bush’s defeat
February 19, 2004
Lawrence supporters of Howard Dean and Wesley Clark are wondering what direction to take now that their candidates are out of the Democratic Party’s race for president.
Kerry, Edwards plot strategies for 10-state March 2 showdown
February 19, 2004
Their rivalry engaged, Democratic presidential contenders John Kerry and John Edwards unveiled distinctive strategies Wednesday for a 10-state showdown March 2. The challenger will attack Kerry’s free-trade policies and special interest ties, targeting Ohio, New York and Georgia.
Laura Bush calls gay marriage issue ‘shocking’
February 19, 2004
Laura Bush says gay marriages are “a very, very shocking issue” for some people, a subject that should be debated by Americans rather than settled by a Massachusetts court or the mayor of San Francisco.
U.S. soldier charged in al-Qaida probe
February 19, 2004
A National Guardsman accused of attempting to share military intelligence with al-Qaida has been formally charged, an Army spokesman said Wednesday.
Hutchinson native, grocery CEO dies at 80
February 19, 2004
Ray Rose, a former chairman and chief executive officer of the King Soopers grocery chain, died Jan. 31 in Colorado Springs. He was 80.
Teen surfing Internet discovers own abduction
February 19, 2004
Authorities arrested the mother of a 17-year-old boy after her son saw his picture on a missing children’s Web site and discovered that she was accused of abducting him from his father 14 years ago.
Black hole rips star apart
February 19, 2004
Astronomers reported Wednesday the first strong evidence of a supermassive black hole stretching, tearing apart and partially gobbling up a star.
Van pool fiasco
February 19, 2004
Ottawa U. taps Kessinger as new football coach
Braves hire son of Bethany boss
February 19, 2004
Kent Kessinger, offensive coordinator at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., is the new head football coach at Ottawa University.
KU football plans awards ceremony
February 19, 2004
The Kansas University football awards ceremony has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Lied Center.
Dental concern
February 19, 2004
Senate committee supports 75 mph limit on some freeways
February 19, 2004
A Senate committee endorsed Wednesday a plan to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on some Kansas highways.
Van-pool riders encourage legislators to keep program
February 19, 2004
Van-pool riders Wednesday urged lawmakers to keep their program on the road, saying it helped the environment and made good state employees happy. “The program is good for the state of Kansas; it does not cost the state any money, yet provides a mode of transportation that makes working for the state government more attractive,” said Abe Rezayazdi, a van-pool coordinator from Lawrence.
Campaign funds
February 19, 2004
K.C. civil rights leader dies at 87
February 19, 2004
Herman A. Johnson, a former Kansas City NAACP president, Tuskegee airman and state legislator, has died. He was 87.
Hearing begins in ‘74 slaying of teen
February 19, 2004
A man charged with killing a suburban Kansas City girl nearly 30 years ago was identified Tuesday as having been seen in the area near where the girl was last seen.
Colorado places Barnett on leave
CU president: Coach’s comments ‘unacceptable’
February 19, 2004
Colorado football coach Gary Barnett was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday night over comments he made after a former player alleged she was raped by a teammate four years ago.
Readers share thoughts on potholes
February 19, 2004
We asked readers to share their stories, thoughts and roads to avoid. Here is what they’re saying.
Seabury boys fade in delayed Barstow escapade
February 19, 2004
In an odd boys basketball game between Seabury Academy and Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow, it was proper the contest ended with a buzzer-beater.
People
February 19, 2004
¢ Advertisers can’t cash in on ‘Ring of Fire’ song ¢ She’s no Milli Vanilli ¢ ‘Diary’ of motherhood ¢ Rappers, supremacists don’t mix
Prosecutors: Stewart tried to lift company’s price
February 19, 2004
Prosecutors in the fraud case against Martha Stewart showed the jury a stock chart Wednesday in an attempt to prove that she propped up the price of her own company by lying to investors about her sale of ImClone Systems stock.
Audrey Satomi Sommer
February 19, 2004
Scientists say Bush distorts, ignores research
February 19, 2004
President Bush’s administration distorts scientific findings and seeks to manipulate experts’ advice to avoid information that runs counter to its political beliefs, a private organization of scientists asserted on Wednesday.
More than 200 killed in Iran train derailment, explosion
February 19, 2004
Runaway train cars carrying a lethal mix of fuel and chemicals derailed, caught fire and then exploded hours later Wednesday in northeast Iran, killing more than 200 people, injuring at least 400 and leaving dozens trapped beneath crumbled mud homes.
Bill gives ag agency food safety duties
February 19, 2004
A Senate panel finished work Wednesday on a bill that would transfer food safety duties from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to the Department of Agriculture.
FCC chairman brings campaign for Internet access to Kansas
February 19, 2004
Michael Powell isn’t the general in his family. That would be his father, Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current Secretary of State. But Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is fond of saying he’s overseeing a revolution: the information revolution.
Area briefs
February 19, 2004
¢ Fire causes motel to evacuate guests ¢ Bridge over turnpike to close for replacement ¢ Fund-raiser has Mardi Gras theme ¢ Boater safety class set
Briefly
February 19, 2004
¢ City’s murder rate dips below 100 a year, lowest since 1962 ¢ U.N.: Russia’s HIV rate among highest in world ¢ Europeans seek new push to rival U.S. economic power ¢ Rumsfeld, Tenet to testify publicly in Sept. 11 probe
Hiawatha City Commission ends effort to build airport
February 19, 2004
City commissioners have voted to end a joint effort with nearby Sabetha to build the controversial Northeast Kansas Regional Airport.
Highlights at the Statehouse
February 19, 2004
Wednesday was the 38th calendar day of the 90-day legislative session.
Panel to examine city’s level of civility
February 19, 2004
Just how civil is the city of Lawrence?
Senate panel endorses sentencing alternative
February 19, 2004
A Senate committee endorsed a bill Wednesday to make life without parole the alternative sentence in capital murder cases.
Governor can outlaw signal-changing devices
February 19, 2004
A bill making it illegal to own, use or sell transmitters that can change traffic signals is on its way to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
House advances bill on open records
February 19, 2004
Without debate Wednesday, the House tentatively approved a bill designed to allow individuals and organizations to recover more of their expenses when they sue for access to public records.
Representative says momentum growing for Kansas-Wichita State matchup
February 19, 2004
A House bill that would require the University of Kansas men’s basketball team to play Wichita State University started off almost as a joke, Rep. Todd Novascone told the House Higher Education Committee on Wednesday.
St. Louis firm’s corn product fails to win EU support
Ministers fail to lift biotech crop ban
February 19, 2004
The European Union deadlocked again Wednesday on lifting its 6-year-old moratorium on new biotech foods, failing to agree on a proposal to approve St. Louis-based Monsanto Co.’s Roundup Ready corn for import and processing.
KBI neutral on concealed-carry bill, doesn’t want to be administrator
February 19, 2004
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is taking a neutral stance on a House bill that would allow Kansas residents to carry concealed weapons, but it is strongly opposed to being in charge of issuing permits for them to do so.
It’s time to trust the Iraqis
February 19, 2004
The United Nations has tiptoed back into Iraq and the good graces of the Bush White House. These surprising developments are worth two cheers and one big, ominous question mark.
Langford riled by ‘ugly’ half
February 19, 2004
Keith Langford’s ears were burning as he headed into the locker room at halftime of Wednesday’s Kansas-Baylor men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Another assault case surfaces at CU
February 19, 2004
Police said Thursday they were investigating whether a woman was raped by a University of Colorado football player after leaving a bar in 2002 — the seventh allegation of its kind to surface since 1997.
Briefly
February 19, 2004
¢ Study: Elderly drivers more prone to wrecks ¢ Teen indicted as adult for stabbing death
Briefly
February 19, 2004
¢ Peterson lawyers debate using wiretap evidence ¢ Reversal sought for gay adoption ban